Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Jerry the Crabby Crayfish!

Jerry the  Crabby Crayfish just won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award! I am so excited that my most popular book has received this presigious award!

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Jerry The Crabby Crayfish
Janice Spina

Here is the site of all the winners. I am honored to be among them!


My books have won four times now with Pinnacle! I am so happy that this group likes my books! I feel blessed to have this honor. Jerry is mighty happy too! LOL!

If you haven’t seen or heard about Jerry go to Amazon or Barnes & Noble for a peek or pick up a copy for that special child in your life and watch him/her smile. Jerry has that effect on children and adults too. He makes for a wonderful teaching tool for children in classrooms.

Book Blurb:

Jerry is a crabby crayfish who all day long wishes he could be a fish. One day something happens in the fish tank that makes Jerry change his mind. Read about the valuable lesson Jerry learns.

Here is a little information about Jerry. He was a real Crayfish that my husband and I had as a pet in one of our fish tanks. He was a beautiful shade of blue and quite a character. He was at times a little crabby and would warn the fish in the tank to stay away from him. When he was hungry he would tap the glass and beg for food. He would also warn my grandchildren not to bother him by waving his claws at them. They had a tendency to tap the glass to get his attention. They were sad when he passed. So was I.

Here are a few reviews from Amazon:

5.0 out of 5 stars Jerry The Crabby Crayfish is a delight!, March 11, 2014
By Wynette Mills
Verified Purchase
This review is from: Jerry the Crabby Crayfish (Paperback)
Children will be very curious about this little blue creature. Aquariums and fish captivate little minds to ask “why” and “how”. It teaches us that we are all very special in our own way and by helping one another we learn much about ourselves. It also teaches children about the time and care it requires to have a pet as well as some science fun facts about Jerry molting. The illustrations will keep the children looking for more. I will look for more stories from this talented Author.

5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully entertaining and educational!, February 19, 2014
By SRM-Reviews
This review is from: Jerry the Crabby Crayfish (Kindle Edition)
In her new book for children, “Jerry the Crabby Crayfish”, author Janice Spina once again entertains young readers as she teaches them an important life lesson.

Jerry the crayfish, a cave dweller in a fish tank that was populated by various multi-colored fish, was a very unhappy fellow. Jerry was miserable and discontented with being a crayfish and was quite vocal about his desire to be a fish. But when opportunity arose for him to help others in the fish tank, Jerry realized his unique gifts and wished to be a fish no more.

Mrs. Spina lovely story telling abilities and her husband, John Spina’s fabulous illustrations make this kid book a must have!

5.0 out of 5 stars Another Gem, March 24, 2014
By Amazon Customer
This review is from: Jerry the Crabby Crayfish (Paperback)
This is the second book I have read by the author and I loved it. The repetition in the story and the message it reinforces should have children repeating “Swish, swish, swish, I wish I were a fish” all day long. Once again the illustrations by John Spina are a delight for the visual senses and the deceptively simply imagery is colorful and beautiful. Janice weaves another unique and interesting tale with a subtle environmental message about not interfering with what nature does best on her own. I also love the way she finishes each book with “The End” showing the behind (as in bottom) of each central character, which I think will have children giggling with delight. These books are best read out loud, with children turning the pages and listening, but older children will be able to read on their own without too much trouble. As an educational note: Janice introduces some exact names of some types of fish, never assuming that children would not be ready to learn them, which I think demonstrates her dedication to teaching and instructing children, as much as engaging them with the sweet little stories. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading Lamby the Lonely Lamb.

5.0 out of 5 stars I am 40 years old and I love it! The illustrations are wonderful and the story …, February 17, 2016
By Amazon Customer
This review is from: Jerry the Crabby Crayfish (Kindle Edition)
I adore this book! I am 40 years old and I love it! The illustrations are wonderful and the story of the crabby crayfish always wanting to be a fish but in the end learning that he is special NOT being one is a wonderful lesson for children to learn. Although they may always hope to be something else, better, or perhaps more….they are special in their own way. 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by! I am still doing my happy 💃 dance!

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Blessings & Hugs!


About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 39 books: 19 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 5 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 31 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 2 of a YA fantasy series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about an angel and another about a dog for ages 17+. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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11 Responses to Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Jerry the Crabby Crayfish!

  1. Congratulations, Janice. Wonderful news!


  3. Fine job! Congratulations

  4. Many congratulations, Janice. 😎

  5. Great job. Congratulations.

  6. noelleg44 says:

    Janice, this is such terrific news. Congratulation! Well deserved.

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